Red Sox vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series
My 72nd and final game of the year, 82nd with road trip and 85 the Springs.
Tonight besides being the final home game of the year, It was Todd Helton’s final home game of his career. So most of this post will be a tribute to Todd and his 17 year career.
Dinger got into the act and had a goatee just like Todd’s
This is the last time we will see Todd’s Name in the introductions.
Todd and one of his daughters during the National Anthem
One of Todd’s first tips of the hats of the night before the pre-game ceremony.
Todd’s oldest daughter threw out the first pitch to her Dad!
The Rockies presented Todd with a horse for his retirement. The Horse named A “Tru Bustamove,”
Brad Hawpe and Aaron Cook were both at Coors for Todd’s final game Todd is hugging Hawpe in this photo and Aaron Cook is standing with his back to the camera in the green plaid.
Another tip of the cap after the pre-game ceremony and he headed back to the dugout.
He than brought out the score cards to the umpires. He is shaking hands with Joe West in the photo.
For the last time as an active player Todd takes the field at first base.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher this game her he is pitching in the first inning. Here he is throwing to Jacoby Ellsbury, he would lead-off with a single.
Troy Tulowitzki with a try to turn a double play on a hit by Dustin Pedroia getting Shane Victorino out at second.
David Ortiz hit a 2 run double to score Ellsbury and Pedroia for a 2 to 0 Red Sox Lead.
After the Red Sox scored a 3rd run the last out of the inning was a hit back to Chacin to get Bill Middlebrook out at first.
John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. He put the Rockies down in order in the first.
With 1 out in the second Todd Helton came to the Plate once again with a tip of the cap.
on the third pitch of the at bat….
….he hit one more over the auxiliary in right for his 369th and last home run of his career.
He was only able to watch as the ball sailed out into the crowd. Over the years I don’t know how many times I have seen him hit a home run or how many photos of may have taken, But all of them were watched in amazement how easy he made it look to hit a home run in a big league park.
Taking the turn at second after his home run.
With 2 outs in the inning and Corey Dickerson on base hit a double scoring the Rockies second run of the inning. (3-2) Sox
The Red Sox would score a run in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead. Todd watches as Michael Cuddyer batting in the 3rd inning. Cuddy would strike out in the inning, Todd would come up for his second at bat of the night.
Todd would hit a fly ball to deep left-center.
That was caught by Daniel Nava for the second out of the inning.
Charlie Blackmon would score to tie the game at 4. That was Todd’s 1405 RBI of his career.
Before the 4th inning I headed up to the upper deck because I wanted to get photos of the field with the tributes to Todd.
The game did go on while I was up there and here is Chacin throwing a pitch with a runner on second.
From up here you were able to see the Giant 17 cut into the field and the purple ones painted on the base lines.
Shane Victorino hit a 3 run home run in the 4th to give the Red Sox a 7-4 lead.
On my way down I took the stairs that bring you to the home plate entrance and got a photo of the starting line up photos.
With Michael Cuddyer on base Todd hit a double in the 5th inning. His 589th of his career he is 17th on the all time doubles list. A very appropriate spot to end his career. Cuddy also scored and was Todd’s 3rd RBI of the night and 1406 of his career.
Todd standing at second while Lackey pitches to Nolan Arenado.
Matt Belilse pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he was the 4th Rockies pitcher of the night. Chacin Pitched only 4 innings giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 striking out 3. Rob Scahill pitched the 5th and Drew Pomeranz the 6th.
Ex-Rockie Franklin Morales pitched for the Red Sox in the last 2 outs of the 7th inning.
In the inning Todd took his last at bat at Coors. He did strike out but hey it is baseball and he is a lifetime .316 hitter and he already had a home run and a double in this game, what else could you ask for than a .500 night for your last home game. I don’t know about you but I think I will remember seeing his last home run and his last double especially with that huge slide into second!
Roy Oswalt pitched the 8th for the Rockies, Just like the rest of the Roy Oswalt experiments have gone he was a disaster giving up 5 runs, 4 hits and 1 walk in the inning. Hope this is the last time he will be on this field as a Rockie, Hey Roy thanks for the Misery!!! Just a bit bitter he is the only Rockies to play this year that did not sign my team project this year and his 8.90 ERA helped the team in absolutely no way.
As the Rockies took the field in the 9th inning and it was the last time Todd would take first base at Coors his Daughters came out to the field.
They removed first base which was being changed each inning. These bases did have a special 17 Jewel on the side of them.
Another tip of the cap before the start of his last inning.
Rex Brother pitched for the mound. As you may have noticed in the last few photo is I got a little help from my friends to watch the last inning from behind the dugout.
it was amazing to watch Todd just taking in the experience as he was playing his last inning. Between almost every pitcher he would just look around and take in the crowd and the experience of being on a MLB field.
The Rockies try to get Todd one last out at 1st before he leaves, but John McDonald was safe But Quintin Berry was the second out at second. The inning ended with Brandon Snyder striking out.
Ryan Dempster pitched the 9th inning for the Red Sox. Ryan Wheeler lead the inning with a single, then Charlie Blackmon hit into a double play.
Josh Rutledge ended the game and the Rockies season at Coors by flying out to left field.
The Red Sox as they did 3 times this year celebrated a win against the Rockies 2 times in Fenway and 1 here.
After the game it was time for one last farewell to Todd Helton. It started with him followed by the team walking around the field and giving high-fives to the fans.
Here is most of the team when they were in left field.
Think Diane and the group in center field said it best with there last sign!
After walking around the field Todd stood at home as his teammates and a few Red Sox passed him giving him hugs and shaking his hand.
He than did interviews with roots sports Drew Goodman and MLB networks and former Rockies side line reporter Alana Rizzo.
Immediately after the players left the field the Coors MLB authenticator and Aaron who handles all the game used items at Coors label and tag the buckets of dirt taken from the first base area.
This was a very emotional night at a game. At times I think there was a not a single dry eye in the house and if you did not get emotional
on this night you should have not been there.
So that is it for the 2013 season. I would like to thank everyone who makes these game so great Win or Lose the friends who I sit with others who came to games with me, the ushers and staff that make Coors really feel like my home away from home for the 6 months of the year. To my family and friends that make this all possible. Most of all the reader of this blog who keep me doing this game after game day after day and mile after mile when I am on a road trip with out you I would have not made the top 50 in MLBlogs for most of the season and being 29th for the month of August.
Thanks to Todd Helton for giving his all every time he stepped on the field. For 17 Years of baseball. Just wish I was here for more of them.
For the last time this years that is it for this one
Thanks and see you around.
Cardinals vs. Rockies
My 66th game at Coors this season 76th with road trip 79th with the Springs.
This was a day game so no BP. Did get to the stadium early for some graphs got a few Cardinals on a photo I have of Busch stadium. I ended up with 8 autographs on the photo. I did make some progress before the game I got Colin McHugh on my team 16×20 leaving only Roy Oswalt that I need on it. I now have 51 players and coaches autographs on it. There was no batting practice today.
So this game was a marathon and I have a lot of photos from this game.
Todd Helton was the first out on the field, as the Rockies took the field.
Roy Oswalt was the starting pitcher for Rockies after walking Matt Carpenter. Jon Jay flew out to center field and Matt Holliday did also. With Carlos Beltran batting Oswalt threw over to Todd Helton at first who fake the throw back to Oswalt and tagged Carpenter it was a great play and funny to watch especial that it was done to another first baseman!
A closer view of Oswalt pitching in the first.
Matt Holiday making contact during his first inning at bat.
Michael Wacha was the starting pitcher for the Cardinals. After Charlie Blackmon hit a single, Wacha struck out the next three batters to end the 1st. inning.
Charlie Blackmon getting ready to dive back to first.
Corey Dickerson take a pitch high for a ball. He was one of the batters that struck out in the first. Amazingly enough that the home plate umpire got it right.
Yorvit Torrealba was behind the plate for this game.
Here is Yadier Molina questioning a strike call during his 2nd inning at bat.
Tony Cruz would end the inning with a pop out to Todd Helton.
Todd Helton would lead off the 2nd inning with a double his 589th of his career and 18th of the season.
Yorvit Torrealba questions a strike call by the home plate umpire. See a trend here this guy did not have a consistent strike zone and a pitch that was a strike one time was a ball another. This did happen a lot throughout the game.
Todd Helton scored on a Torrealba single. to put the Rockies on the board 1-0.
Helton high fives Jonny Herrera after he scored. Charlie Culberson would also score to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
3 runs to tie the game in the inning.
Carlos Beltran hit a single that scored Jon Jay. (4-1) Rockies
Molina hit a single to score Holliday (4-2) Rockies
Matt Holiday would hit a single to tie the game in the 5th inning scoring Jon Jay from second, which he stole after getting on base with single.
Matt Holliday fist bumps first base coach Chris Maloney.
Taking a lead at first.
Charlie Blackmon hits a double in the 8th inning.
Corey Dickerson hits a triple scoring Blackmon and tying the game at 5.
After the Cardinals scored a 6th run in the ninth…..
…Todd Helton hit a solo home run to tie the game at 6.
Yorvit Torrealba give him a big hug after crossing the plate.
Jonny Herrera hit a double with 2 outs in the 9th. Ryan Wheeler grounded out to the pitcher Edward Mujica to end the inning and we headed for some free Baseball.
Bothe teams went down in order in the 10th. Matt Belisle pitched the 10th for the Rockies and Edward Mujica continued to pitch for the Cardinals in the inning.
Todd was going for the fences in the in the 11th with a few hard swings that almost took his helmet off. This was the second swing that this happened to his helmet.
Charlie Culberson hit a single in the inning.
After a very questionable out in the 12th Walt Weiss came out to argue a call. Jonny Herrera hit the ball and then kicked it the ump said it was in play and Jonny argues that it was in foul territory.
D.J LeMahieu hit a lead off single in the bottom of the 13th inning. Tulo was walked in the inning and they were both left on base.
The first out of the inning was a bunt attempt by Corey Dickerson which he popped out to Daniel Descalso.
The Cardinals once again did not score in the 15th D.J. LeMahieu would once again get on base by hitting a single and Corey Dickerson who should have swung in the 13th and popped out on a bunt. Got to swing this time and he made it count!
D.J. LeMahieu makes the turn at third and heading to home.
As he started his slide into home the ball went passed Yadier Molina.
The tag with ball rolling away.
He over slide home and Fernando Salas picks up the ball.
He dove back…..
…and was safe and the Rockies won 7-6.
The Dugout emptied quickly!!!
Corey Dickerson ended up on third base for a walk off triple. His first walk off of his MLB career I am sure that it will not be his last. I have seen him also walk of in Ashville in 2011. He seems to handle the presser situation well and has been hitting timely and well since his call up.
The team celebrates in the infield and the swarm Corey.
Jordan Pacheco got knocked over as Carey escapes from the crowd.
He than high-five Tulo
and the crowd caught up with him!
It was great to see such an exciting game and they made it worth staying for the 15 inning!! It was nice to see some very good pitching from the bullpen in these late innings to keep them in the game and that they were able to put together a few good offensive innings to get back in this game. It was a great day at Coors had a lot of fun this game. With this win the Rockies and Cardinals split the 4 game series.
The Rockies used 10 pitchers in this game Oswalt pitched 4 and 2/3rd. The Bullpen combined for 10 and 1/3rd innings. The Cardinals Wacha also only pitched to the 5th and they used 10 pitches. The Rockies used 14 different players at the plate and the Cardinals used 15. Another notable thing was Charlie Blackmon going 4 for 8 this game. LeMahieu, Culberson and Herrera all went 3 for 7. The Rockies had 21 hits on their 7 runs.
So that is it for this one.
I was also at Coors for the weekend series against the Diamonbacks and will be at the final 2 home games of the season against the Boston Red Sox.
Rockies vs. Red Sox
Game 4 of road trip.
Today I was able to get to Fenway early and able to walk around the stadium outside.
I walked around the stadium a few times while I was waiting for will call and the gates to open. Once again the will call windows open the same time the gates do, so I first had to get my tickets and then get on-line to get into the stadium.
I took a bunch of photos of the statues and other things the red Sox had around the outside of the stadium. it is a cool festive atmosphere with food venders and merchandise venders.
This is a look of a statue outside the B gate. It is a statue of Ted Williams giving a kid his hat.
Here is another called “Teammates” The 4 players are Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johny Pesky and Dom Dimagio.
The plaque is interesting and tells some interesting stats about the 4 of them one is they played together for 7 years. They played a total of 52 years together. As teammates they were 653 and 424 with 104 of the wins in 1946. 36 times combined they were all-stars.
A look down Yawkey Way which is closed during the games and is fenced off and is part of the stadium.
These are banners displayed along Van Ness St. The are the names of all the Red Sox in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Here is the creative BNW for this post to show off the mad photo skillz. It is of a kid getting ready to get some snacks for the game.
The gates than opened I got my tickets and headed inside. Today I really got to also walk around inside the stadium.
This is a look from right field by the bull pens.
The Green Monster looking from right field also.
The Pesky pole which is the right field foul pole Named after Johnny Peske.
A look at Fenway stands down the right field line.
While walking around I bumped into Douglas who is a Coors regular and a long time Red Sox fane. Besides the Red Sox hat and Rockies shirt he could not figure out which teams colors foot wear he should wear, so how bought one of each!
His Purple Rockies Converse All-Star and Red, Red Sox one. He live in Boston for years and has a website devoted to his baseball travels.
Here is a look of the concourse on the first base side.
This is a look at the concession stands out by the right field concourse.
Red Sox starter John Lackey warming up in their bull-pen.
Here is a look at Lackey throwing a pitch in the first inning. I did not head to my seat because I was waiting for Chris to get to the stadium and had to give him his ticket at the B gate which is in right field so I watched a little out there. He arrive shortly after and we headed to our seats in the State Street Pavillions. The Rockies scored a run in the 1st. The run was scored after Carlos Gonzalez hit a single and he scored on a Wilin Rosario single (1-0) Rox. Rosario was the designated hitter this game with Torrealba starting behind the plate.
While I was heading to my seat I stopped at a spot on the lower concourse to see Oswalt pitch. Here is his first pitch to the Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury who hit a double to start the inning. The Red Sox did not let the Rockies lead to last long he would then score on a Shane Victorino single to tie the game. The red Sox scored a second run on a David Ortiz double he then scored on a Daniel Nava single. (3-1) Red Sox
Former Red Sox player Dwight Evans was at the game this day here he is being introduced between innings. He played from 1972-1990 for the Red Sox and 1 year in 1991 for the Orioles.
David Ortiz batting in the 3rd inning taking a pitch for a ball. He did walk in the inning. The Red Sox scored an additional 2 runs to take a 5-1 lead. Not much happened in the game for either team in the 4th,and 5th inning. I just watched and enjoyed watching baseball at this amazing ballpark .
Michael Cuddyer in the 6th inning would hit a lead off home run which would bring his hitting streak to 23 games to tie the all time hitting streak record held by Dante Bichette. As I am writing this he is at 26 games in this hitting streak.
Michael Cuddyer attacked the Green Monster a second time in the 8th inning for a second solo home run. (5-3) Red Sox
D.J. LeMahieu turning the 8th inning double play.
Koji Uehara pitching for the Red Sox in the 9th.
Here he is pitching to Tyler Colvin, Tyler struck out in the inning.
The next 2 Rockies would get out to end the game. The Rockies did not win one at Fenway. Besides the Losing both games this was a great trip in an awesome ballpark. I was glad I got to see this ballpark and the Rockies play there.
If you were thinking about going to Fenway to see a game I would defiantly recommend it. It is an experience in itself. The fans are passionate about their team and has pride to root for their team and were very cool to us away fans. The staff was very friendly and helpful from helping with getting my tickets to the ushers inside the stadium. It was just a great experience. I want to thank Mary O from Coors who helped get the tickets for these game. She was supposed to be there and was unable to make it. I also want to thank the Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino who gave us these awesome seats for these games. That was above and beyond by him to do for away team fans.
So that is it from Boston I will be taking a few days off from baseball in NY and then I will be heading south to North Carolina to go to the only stadium I have not been to. I will also be in Greensboro for the 4th of July and going to a bunch of games in the Appalachian League which last year was some of the best baseball I have seen.
Till then see you around and thanks for following.